FORT WORTH, Texas, September 29, 2022—The eighth edition of the Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition, for non-professional pianists age 35 and older, begins two weeks from yesterday and will run from October 12 to 18, 2022, in Fort Worth, Texas at Van Cliburn Recital Hall (300 E. 4th Street) and Bass Performance Hall (4th & Calhoun Streets). 

Announced today are the order of play for the Preliminary Round and the full roster of free festival events that are open to the public. Full details are below.

“We are so pleased to finally be able to welcome these outstanding pianists—who have been preparing for this moment for many years now—to Fort Worth,” said Jacques Marquis, Cliburn president and CEO. “The week will be memorable as this extraordinary community comes together to be inspired by each other and to compete to be one of six finalists who will have the unique Cliburn experience of performing on the Bass Hall stage with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Miguel Harth-Bedoya on October 18!”

From three exhilarating rounds of Competition to a host of free festival events and concerts, patrons are invited to experience each uplifting note in person. For Competition round concerts, tickets and subscriptions can be purchased at Festival events listed below (Cliburn Amateur in the Community, Festival Concerts, Jury Symposium, and Open Piano Night) are free to attend; no tickets are required. Note: With complications caused by pandemic-related date and venue changes, the Competition will not be webcast or available for on-demand viewing.

Below is a snapshot of the complete public schedule for the 2022 Amateur Competition.


2:30–4:45 p.m.   PRELIMINARY ROUND CONCERT 1 (Van Cliburn Recital Hall)

6:00–7:00 p.m.   CLIBURN AMATEUR IN THE COMMUNITY (FW Public Library – Ridglea)

7:00–9:00 p.m.   PRELIMINARY ROUND CONCERT 2 (Van Cliburn Recital Hall)


2:30–4:45 p.m.   PRELIMINARY ROUND CONCERT 3 (Van Cliburn Recital Hall)

6:00–7:00 p.m.   CLIBURN AMATEUR IN THE COMMUNITY (FW Public Library – East Regional)

7:00–9:00 p.m.   PRELIMINARY ROUND CONCERT 4 (Van Cliburn Recital Hall)


2:30–4:45 p.m.   PRELIMINARY ROUND CONCERT 5 (Van Cliburn Recital Hall)

7:00–9:00 p.m.   PRELIMINARY ROUND CONCERT 6 (Van Cliburn Recital Hall)



10:00 a.m.–12:20 p.m.   FESTIVAL CONCERT 1 (Van Cliburn Recital Hall)

2:30–5:20 p.m.  SEMIFINAL ROUND CONCERT 1 (Van Cliburn Recital Hall)

7:00–9:50 p.m.  SEMIFINAL ROUND CONCERT 2 (Van Cliburn Recital Hall)


10:00 a.m.–12:20 p.m.  FESTIVAL CONCERT 2 (Van Cliburn Recital Hall)

2:00–3:00 p.m.   CLIBURN AMATEUR IN THE COMMUNITY (FW Public Library – SW Regional)

2:30–5:20 p.m.   SEMIFINAL ROUND CONCERT 3 (Van Cliburn Recital Hall)

7:00–9:50 p.m.   SEMIFINAL ROUND CONCERT 4 (Van Cliburn Recital Hall)



12:00–1:00 p.m.   CLIBURN AMATEUR IN THE COMMUNITY (203 Café)

4:00–5:00 p.m.   JURY SYMPOSIUM (Van Cliburn Recital Hall)

6:00–7:00 p.m.   CLIBURN AMATEUR IN THE COMMUNITY FW (FW Public Library – Summerglen)

6:30–10:00 p.m.   OPEN PIANO NIGHT (The Post at River East)


7:00–9:00 p.m.   FINAL ROUND CONCERT (Bass Performance Hall)

AWARDS CEREMONY (Bass Performance Hall)

Follow every moment live and in person, by attending three stunning rounds of competition at the Bass Hall complex. A variety of voices and repertoire will fill the Preliminary and Semifinal recitals, all leading up to the exciting conclusion: six outstanding amateur pianists have the chance to perform with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Miguel Harth-Bedoya! To purchase tickets, visit

The following is the complete schedule of performances of the Preliminary Round of the 2022 Amateur Competition, to be held in Van Cliburn Recital Hall (330 E. 4th Street). 



2:30 p.m. Sean Sutherland, Product Manager, 45, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines/Canada

2:47 p.m. Richard Reid, Software Engineer, 71, United States

3:04 p.m. Rie Moore, Translator, 47, Japan

3:21 p.m. Allen Racho, Software Architect, 49, United States

3:36 p.m. intermission

3:56 p.m. Ferdy Talan, Realtor, 38, Indonesia

4:13 p.m. Ken Iisaka, Software Engineer, 53, Japan/Canada

4:30 p.m. Eladio Santiago, President & CEO – Advisory Investment Management, 58, United States

7:00 p.m. Robert Finley, Electronics Engineer, 72, United States

7:17 p.m. Ipek Bozkurt, Professor, 42, Turkey/United States

7:34 p.m. Noah DeGarmo, Physician, 44, United States

7:49 p.m. intermission

8:09 p.m. Seung-Yeop Lee, Mathematics Professor, 47, South Korea

8:26 p.m. Michael Slavin, Neuro-Ophthalmologist (retired), 71, United States

8:43 p.m. Keiko Kircher, College Physics Instructor, 41, Japan/United States


2:30 p.m. Simon Finlow, IT Project Manager/Database Engineer (retired), 66, United States/United Kingdom

2:47 p.m. Thierry Goldwaser, Software Developer, 46, France

3:04 p.m. Michael Stefanakis, Tax Attorney, 40, Greece

3:21 p.m. Suzanna Laramee, Financial Advisor (retired), 66, United States

3:36 p.m.  intermission      

3:56 p.m. Jon Lee, Software Engineer, 41, United States

4:13 p.m. Xavier Aymonod, Marketing Director – Public Transportation, 46, France

4:30 p.m. Masanori Murakami, Clinical Project Manager, 38, Japan

7:00 p.m. Yuka Otohata, Marketing Operations Professional, 51, Japan

7:17 p.m. Jorge Zamora, Business Development Director, 49, Mexico

7:34 p.m. Gorden Cheng, Information Security Architect, 41, United States

7:49 p.m.  intermission      

8:09 p.m. Irene Longacre-Whiteside, Executive Assistant, 67, United States

8:26 p.m. Kensuke Ota, Research Scientist, 41, Japan

8:43 p.m. Youjin Hong, Psychiatrist, 41, South Korea


2:30 p.m. Deirbhile Brennan, Accountant, 53, Ireland

2:47 p.m. James Rosenblum, Attorney, 41, United States

3:04 p.m. Dominique Salloum, CEO – Artificial Intelligence Industry, 53, France/Lebanon

3:21 p.m. Aaron Miller,  Academic Administrator, 42, United States

3:36 p.m.  intermission      

3:56 p.m. Marisa Naomi Haines, Business Stategist, 66, Brazil/United States

4:13 p.m. Matthew Barnhill, Accountant, 38, United States

4:30 p.m. Dmytro Vynogradov, Business Development Manager, 52, Ukraine

7:00 p.m. Miriam Berro, Software Engineer, 65, Argentina/Canada

7:17 p.m. Eiji Yoshimura, Business Planning Director, 50, Japan

7:34 p.m. Yeon Wook Jeong, Entrepreneur/Attorney, 53, South Korea

7:49 p.m.  intermission      

8:09 p.m. John Gutheil, CEO – Medical Oncologist, 66, United States/United Kingdom

8:26 p.m. Hiroko Toya, Attorney, 65, Japan

8:43 p.m. Vincent Letourmy, Operations Director, 51, France

For complete information on Rounds and Repertoire:

For more information of the Jury, chaired by Pamela Mia Paul:

Information on the Final Round artistic collaborators, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Miguel Harth-Bedoya is HERE.


The Amateur Competition environment is heartwarming, with people coming from around the globe to be with others who share their deepest passion: the piano. In addition to enrichment activities for the participants, the concurrent festival includes a number of events that are free to the public to attend—including several concerts. It is so meaningful for these artists to play in front of audiences; we hope you’ll come hear and meet them!


The non-competing festival participants perform for jury members, who will provide them invaluable notes. Free and open to the public to attend.

          Van Cliburn Recital Hall (330 E. 4th Street)

          Saturday, October 15 | 10:00 a.m.

          Sunday, October 16 | 10:00 a.m.


Free concerts around Fort Worth featuring competitors and festival participants.

          Wednesday, October 12 | 6:00 p.m. | Fort Worth Public Library – Ridglea

          Thursday, October 13 | 6:00 p.m. | Fort Worth Public Library – East Regional

          Sunday, October 16 | 2:00 p.m. | Fort Worth Public Library – Southwest Regional

          Monday, October 17 | 12:00 p.m. | 203 Café

          Monday, October 17 | 6:00 p.m. | Fort Worth Public Library – Summerglen

          Additional private concert at The Stayton at Museum Way.


A night of fun under the Texas skies with good drinks, food, and, of course, music!

Competitors and festival participants (plus a special guest or two!) will come and sign up to perform throughout the evening, on the cool, casual patio of The Post at River East.

          The Post at River East (2925 Race St.)

          Monday, October 17 | 6:30–10:00 p.m.


Members of the jury and Cliburn President and CEO Jacques Marquis convene to discuss the differences between evaluating amateur and professional competitions; preparation and the approach to performance; and the importance of program selection and process, all moderated by Buddy Bray.

          Van Cliburn Recital Hall (330 E. 4th Street)

          Monday, October 17 I 4:00 p.m.

Competitors and festival participants will also be enjoying a number of private musical development opportunities, including 4-hand and chamber music readings, and a special Q&A session with Miguel Harth-Bedoya.


Inaugurated in 1999, the Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition was the first event of its kind in the United States. Hailed by the Boston Globe as “a celebration of music, and the people who have to make music no matter what,” the contest highlights the importance of music-making in everyday life and provides a forum for musicians age 35 and older who do not perform, teach, or compose piano music for their primary professional pursuit or financial benefit. The quadrennial competition brings together the best amateur pianists from around the world for seven days of performances, symposia, and social events.

The eighth edition of the Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition, for non-professional pianists age 35 and older, will take place October 12–18, 2022, in Fort Worth, Texas, at Van Cliburn Recital Hall and Bass Performance Hall. This edition had previously been scheduled for May 2020.

The 2022 Cliburn Amateur competitors (announced July 2021) hail from all over the world, representing 16 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, France, Greece, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, South Korea, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and United States. These 39 pianists range in age from 38 to 72, with a median age of 51.

An additional 14 pianists will join us as non-competing festival participants, bringing the total number of pianists to 53 and countries represented to 18 with the addition of China and Germany.

Learn more about the Amateur Competition here.


  • Pamela Mia Paul, jury chair (United States)
  • Peter Czornyj (United Kingdom)
  • Alessandro Deljavan (Italy)
  • Valery Kuleshov (United States)
  • Carol Leone (United States)
  • Alex McDonald (United States)
  • Spencer Myer (United States)


The Cliburn advances classical piano music throughout the world. Its international competitions, education programs, and concert series embody an enduring commitment to artistic excellence and the discovery of new artists. Established in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1962, the quadrennial Van Cliburn International Piano Competition remains the most visible expression of that mission and is, as always, committed to its original ideals of supporting and launching the careers of emerging artists, age 18–30. It shares the transformative powers of music with a wide global audience, through fully produced webcasts and by providing comprehensive career management and concert bookings to its winners. Rounding out its mission, the Cliburn also produces the Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival (third edition, June 8–17, 2023) for exceptional 13- to 17-year-old pianists and the Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition for outstanding non-professional pianists age 35 and older.

Over a four-year cycle, the Cliburn contributes to North Texas’ cultural landscape with over 170 classical music performances for 150,000 attendees through competitions, free community concerts, and its signature Cliburn Concerts series. It presents 1,000 Cliburn in the Classroom in-school, interactive music education programs for more than 200,000 area elementary students. During the same time period, it garners the world’s attention with more than 30 million views from 170 nations for competition webcasts; 300 concerts worldwide booked for competition winners; more than 10,000 news articles about the Cliburn and its winners; and regular national radio broadcasts to 245 public radio stations.

Sponsors of the 2022 Cliburn Amateur

Central Market H-E-B
City Center Forth Worth
Fort Worth Tourism Public Improvement District
Sewell Automotive Companies
The Junior League of Fort Worth
The Shops at Clearfork

Official Piano of the Cliburn

Steinway & Sons – North Texas / Houston

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